DirectionalMay 01, 2023
014 Off the Cuff — Gamescom Re-Examined (Reunion Special)
Directional was born at Gamescom 2022 - chiefly as a passionate response to gaming's biggest event. A year later, Chantal and Jörg reunite in Cologne and re-examine their relationship to the chaos. Recorded live amidst 320,000 attendees.
013 John Linneman — "Context Is Important"
While Chantal is flying to Gamescom (where this show began), Jörg talks to videogames' top time-traveller, Digital Foundry's John Linneman, about the need to touch our origins. Look out for an unexpected cameo by Steven Spielberg.
012 Off the Cuff — "The Joys of Festivals"
Chantal and Jörg took their games to different game events last week: BitSummit in Kyoto and AVCon in Adelaide. While Jörg was in nerd heaven, Chantal met the dark side of nerddom. Naturally.
011 Jörg Tittel — "Now We've Arrived, Where Do We Go?"
Games are the world's leading entertainment medium, our main forum, the ultimate artform. Now let's start acting like it. A provocation and a manifesto for new meaning.
This special video podcast is Jörg's evening Keynote, recorded at Reboot Develop Blue in Dubrovnik, Croatia, in April 2023.
010 Caroline Marchal — "Empathy, Not Identification"
Caroline Marchal, Creative Director of independent narrative studio INTERIOR/NIGHT (As Dusk Falls), talks about the power and human endurance behind building multi-threaded, interactive stories.
009 Aaron Loeb — "Mobilizing Mobile Games"
In this first Directional Live, Jörg and Chantal took the stage at Reboot Develop Blue 2023 with Aaron Loeb, most recently Chief Business Officer at mobile games giant Scopely. The broken PC and console industry turned him into a mobile gaming pioneer. But could the mobile industry have created new and potentially more damaging problems for society at large?
008 Off the Cuff — "Summer Sausage Fest"
The globe is warming, the sun is out, and so the time has come for another Summer of Games—games, which as we all know, are only made by men. Or at least that's what you might think after watching the mega-sponsored trailer streams this week. In this first "off the cuff" Directional, Chantal and Jörg discuss this phenomenon (before talking about dickheads vs. interstellar naturists, naturally).
007 Andrei Codrescu — "I Hope AI Can Make Mistakes"
Poet and philosopher Andrei Codrescu discusses AI jiu jitsu and discovers the surprising beauty of generative poetry.
006 Nitin Sawhney — "Arm Yourself With Knowledge"
The renowned composer, songwriter and performer discusses his work, taking a stand and the transformative, universal power of music.
005 Paris Marx—“Technology is Not Inherently Bad”
The host of the "Tech Won’t Save Us" podcast and author of “Road to Nowhere: What Silicon Valley Gets Wrong about the Future of Transportation” on our complicated relationship with tech.
004 Meghna Jayanth — “Labeling is Deeply Colonial”
“Labeling is Deeply Colonial”
Imperialist world building: we talk to Meghna Jayanth, a multiple award-winning narrative designer and writer, on how hard it is to find (or even make) games that don’t perpetuate the status quo.
003 Martin Rowson — "A Refuge in Hell"
"A Refuge in Hell"
We may be predominantly a videogame podcast but that doesn't mean we'll only talk about games. In this ep, we talk to The Guardian's potty mouthed cartoonist about the rebellious power of satire... and of poop. We also uncover Chantal's murderous past.
002 Leigh Alexander — "Moving the Conversation Forward"
"Moving the Conversation Forward"
Leigh Alexander—journalist, author and narrative designer—in conversation about games and how they shape identities.
001 Andrew Feinstein — "Gaming Warrior Poets"
“This is the Start of the Gaming Warrior Poets”
The author of “The Shadow World: Inside the Global Arms Trade” discusses the deep ties between videogames & the Military Entertainment Complex.
000 — "This is Directional"
Directional is a podcast about videogames and the creative rebellion, hosted by Jörg Tittel and Chantal Ryan. Here's a quick introduction into why it exists, who we'll be featuring, and just what the 'creative rebellion' is, anyway.